AMVI Aeronautica Militare Virtuale Italiana
Aeronautica Militare Virtuale Italiana
The Virtual Italian Air Force (AMVI) starts from the end. It was in fact the last day of the year 2000 when a group of passionaries of flight simulation (and real), gave birth to what would become the first online italian “multi simulator” community . Since then, there have been fifteen years, a period of time, especially in the network world, much more durable than other realities, even considering the important aspect that no financial commitment burden on participants, to which is required "only" dedication to their hobby and mutual helpfulness.
The organization is similar to that of our real counterpart, the Italian Air Force. There is therefore a High Command (AC), formed by the founding partners, which has the power to decide. One Staff (SMAV) that is responsible for defining the guidelines and everything related to the tipically activities carried out and defers their approval to the AC. No less important are supporting members such as the Virtual Air Forces Command (COFAV), the Technical Staff and the Academy Command , which deal with the actual daily management of the communities within its areas of expertise. Membership in these organizations is decided according to the skills, knowledge and availability of members regardless of their "seniority".
At present the activity is focused mainly on three simulators: the ancient but always glorious Falcon 4.0 in its latest variant Falcon BMS 4.33, the latest IL2 Sturmovik 1946 and DCS Warthog and KA50. Mention apart for projects now in standby like Lock On / LOMAC Flaming Cliff, Project Tobruk, all still waiting for new developments on their software.
How can there be close community of intentions between three simulations so different - two focusing on modern jet plane, the other on propeller aircraft of World War II – arise form the philosophy that underlies AMVI : faithfully simulation of operational procedures actually in use in real Air Forces.
From this fact it was accurately reproduced the process of training to be undergone by the real pilots in learning all the basics you need to fly on an advanced military aircraft and all the exercises required to improve and maintain their flight capability. It may be added to the section of IL2 1946 that an accurate historical research aims to incorporate into the simulator the pathos of those heroic years.
We will have therefore in AMVI a path that will lead the “academic course” from simple air knowledge to the most advanced flying techniques and the use of weapons systems. Among the focal points of the interaction of the individual with the other members of his virtual squadron, the harmony and the standardization of procedures are thus of no dispensable points. To make the process accessible to all academic, most of the documents used as the basis of their learning, thousands of pages have been translated into italian language!
One big amount of work is aimed to allow everyone to fly with enormous gratification which they are the juice of AMVI activities: multiplayer missions with dozens of participants and, very important, both within and outside the community. Always, in fact, AMVI organize or participate in tournaments and campaigns of historical reconstruction, national and international, where everything was learned during training activities can be put on display in a very accurate tactical environment. So, not only a reality tied to national boundaries but a long collaboration with similar groups of virtual flight in Europe, to which are recently added, thanks to the larger number of broadband connections, also North Americans groups.
The validity of our training is demonstrated by our flagship: the ability to fly in official activities in collaboration with the real Italian Air Force, as the experience of the 2009 Pessima Fair in Manduria (south of Italiy in Puglia region), the Blue Day in Pratica di Mare where AMVI hosted a B737-800 cockpit simulat or even the 2008 Security Expo, important trade event in the defense sector, which saw the participation of AMVI in air defense simulated missions under the leadership of the Airspace Control Authority, the 32nd Air Force Radar Squadron of Otranto.
A visit to our forums, if not required, it is strongly recommended to take a look not only on the military flight simulation but also more generally on what is happening in general aviation. The sections which are opened to the public leave ample room for debate or the simple search of a solution to an hardware or software problem.
I conclude by saying that even after fifteen years, we are still at the beginning of our journey, into each new member and every program there is an incentive to push us forward, one step at a time, in search of virtually flying on our computers as would be done by our real counterpart. Never as in this case we can say that our only limit, albeit virtual, is the sky.
Gen. Paul "Catu" Catuogno